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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is served by a Council consisting of a Shire President and eight Councillors, who are elected by popular vote to represent their community.

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Councillors work together as a team to represent the interests of the Shire as a whole. Once a decision is made by Council it is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer to see that decision implemented.

Southern Ward

 

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Cr Dave Atwell

Deputy Shire President

Term Expiry: October 2019

Elected to Council in 2015, Cr Dave Atwell is a family man, married with three sons and one grandson. He has lived in Mundijong his whole life, and loves being a part of the district. His interests include various sports and fishing.

He is a life member of the Mundijong Centrals Senior and Junior Football clubs, and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Blues Cricket Club. He is very passionate about his local community, and has strong historical sporting and social ties to Serpentine Jarrahdale. He currently works his family farm, which was established by his father 70 years ago.

Cr Atwell is the Presiding Member of the CEO Employment Committee and represents Council on the Local Emergency Management Committee and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Cemeteries Working Group.

Telephone: 0417 974 131
Email: datwell@sjshire.wa.gov.au

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Cr Keira McConkey

Councillor

Term Expiry: October 2021

Elected to Council in October 2017, Councillor McConkey is a public relations professional who has held numerous roles in corporate relations and community engagement for both the corporate and not for profit sector.

Currently, Cr McConkey is responsible for developing and driving corporate partnerships on behalf of The Salvation Army, resulting in measurable social impact, enhanced corporate reputation, and improved employee and customer engagement.

Cr McConkey represents Council on the Audit Risk & Governance Committee as Deputy Presiding Member, the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel, Arts Culture & Heritage Advisory, Community Grants Assessment Panel, Karnet Community Liaison Group, Keysbrook Mineral Sands Project Community Consultation Group, Mundijong Community Association and the Community Events Working Group.

Cr McConkey enjoys the rural feel and relaxed back drop that Serpentine Jarrahdale provides and is extremely proud to call this region home. Cr McConkey is a wife and mother and holds a Bachelor of Communication from Murdoch University, with majors in Public Relations and Journalism.

Telephone: 0401 445 338
Email: kMcConkey@sjshire.wa.gov.au

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Cr Michelle Rich

Shire President

Term Expiry: October 2019

Elected to Council in October 2015, Cr Michelle Rich is the Presiding Member of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee and represents Council on the CEO Employment Committee, Audit, Risk and Governance Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Bush Fire Advisory Committee and the Local Emergency Management Committee.

A long-term resident of the Shire, Cr Rich and her husband have raised three children in the region and spent countless hours volunteering in school, sporting and community groups.

With a background in successful small business, Cr Rich brings a solid understanding of new business and environmental issues to the Shire. She is passionate about promoting the Shire as a tourism destination whilst encouraging economically sustainable, environmentally sound developments that protect the character, lifestyle and rural history of the area.

With a vision to create a new sporting and recreation precinct that will support the growing needs of the Shire and encourage a healthy lifestyle, Cr Rich has been working closely with Government and community groups to allocate land and funds to the project.

Above all, Cr Rich is working to ensure that strategic planning underpinned by strong policy creation and implementation is a priority of council to deliver real outcomes through involving, collaborating and empowering engagement with community.

Telephone: 0438 252 109
Email: mrich@sjshire.wa.gov.au

North Ward

 

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Cr Rob Coales

Councillor

Term Expiry: October 2021

Elected to Council in October 2017, Cr Rob Coales lives in Byford with his wife and two teenage children, who all love the country feel of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

With nearly 20 years’ experience in law enforcement and defence, Cr Coales holds a Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University, a Diploma of Policing through the Australian Federal Police and a Graduate Certificate of Transnational Crime Prevention from the University of Wollongong. He also served his county overseas with the Australian Army, and is a member of the Returned and Services League, the Royal United Services Institute and Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

Cr Coales is the Presiding Member of the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee and represents Council on the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee, Serpentine Jarrahdale Land Conservation District Committee, Metropolitan Regional Roads Sub Group, Youth Action Network, Byford Progress Association and is the Chair of the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Cr Coales aims to increase the community’s involvement in all Shire activities, and acknowledges that this will improve accountability. He has a passion for outdoor pursuits and to promote the Shire and the region for tourism, and investment.

Telephone: 0425 031 976
Email: rCoales@sjshire.wa.gov.au

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Cr Bill Denholm

Councillor

Term Expiry: October 2021

Elected to Council in October 2017, Cr Bill Denholm is a long-term resident of Serpentine Jarrahdale, having lived in Byford for nearly 50 years. A local small business owner, Cr Denholm is married and his 5 children attended Byford Primary, Byford High School and SJ Grammar.

He is an active member of SJ’s sporting community, and volunteers with local netball, football, and athletics groups. Cr Denholm represents Council on the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Community Grants Assessment Panel, Youth Action Network, the Peel Trails Group, Rivers Regional Council, SJ Ratepayers Association, and SJ Trails Association.

Cr Denholm is a passionate and proud member of our community, who looks forward to a bright and promising future for Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Telephone: 0401 691 380
Email: bDenholm@sjshire.wa.gov.au

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Cr Dave Gossage

Councillor

Term Expiry: October 2019

Elected to Council in 2015, Cr Dave Gossage is a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer but in recent years has earned his living as both an employee and small business operator in the areas of risk and emergency management.

Cr Gossage was elected to Council in 2015. He is currently the Chair of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School Board, and was elected to his current position of President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades in 2016 after serving many years as an ordinary Committee Member and active volunteer bush fire brigade member. His long-standing passion for youth development, and building community resilience and capacity has also seen him thrive in a number of leadership roles with the Scouts and Rural Youth organisations.

Cr Gossage’s family have been active members of the Serpentine Jarrahdale community for three generations and he and his family still enjoy the unique blend of country and city life the region offers.

He is proud to be on Council and is working hard to ensure the principles of good governance, sensible decision-making and transparency remain paramount every action the Shire takes for its residents.

Telephone: 0457 323 814
Email: dave.gossage@sjshire.wa.gov.au

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Cr Jacqui See

Councillor

Term Expiry: October 2019

Elected to Council in 2015, Cr Jacqui See is the Principal and Solicitor of Byford Legal, a boutique law firm, which she has operated since November 2012. Cr See has a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major), and a Diploma in Financial Advising.

Cr See has a varied work history and spent 12 years in the banking industry, where she forged a very unique and interesting career. Her final position in the bank, prior to leaving in 2000, was the Manager of Transaction Processing and Business Services. She has a strong background in leadership and management, and has been a champion for change and innovation in business practices.

Cr See is the Presiding Member Audit, Risk and Governance Committee and represents Council on the CEO Employment Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Neighbourhood Watch, South East Regional Energy Group and Youth Action Network. She is the Deputy for the Rivers Regional Council, Peel Zone Committee and Armadale Home Help. She is also the Board Chair and P&C President for the Byford Secondary College, and a Board Member for the Byford and Districts Country Club.

Telephone: 0418 947 662
Email: jsee@sjshire.wa.gov.au

North West Ward

 

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Cr Morgan Byas

Councillor

Term Expiry: October 2021

Elected to Council in October 2017, Cr Byas is a lifelong Oakford resident and active volunteer with the local Neighbourhood Watch. Cr Byas represents Council on the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee, CEO Employment Committee, Rivers Regional Council, Community Grants Assessment Panel, Darling Range Regional Park Community Advisory Committee, Darling Downs Residents Association and is Chair of the Bushfire Advisory Committee.

Holding a Masters of Applied Psychology with a focus on organisational psychology, Cr Byas is a registered psychologist who partners with leaders and managers to help them grow exceptional teams and build effective people strategies. He has previously worked as a university lecturer and consultant, where he focused on leadership development and organisational strategy.

Cr Byas is passionate about working with the community and the Shire organisation to build an engaged Serpentine Jarrahdale that all ratepayers can be proud to pass on to the next generation.

Telephone: 0437 661 776
Email: mByas@sjshire.wa.gov.au

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Cr Sam Piipponen

Councillor

Term Expiry: October 2019

Elected to Council in 2015, Cr Piipponen represents Council on the CEO Employment Committee, Darling Downs Residents Association and Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre Board and SJ Business Sub-Group.

Telephone: 0406 500 439
Email: spiipponen@sjshire.wa.gov.au